2nd April 2012
Britain’s first Industrial Doctorate Centre in Renewable Energy is seeking UK-based engineering companies to provide Engineering Doctorate students with projects to work on.
The centre (IDCORE), which is run by the universities of Edinburgh, Exeter and Strathclyde, is looking for renewable energy companies or those in the sector’s supply chain to provide projects and project placements from Easter 2013 for up to three and a half years.
IDCORE, which is largely funded by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), is looking for projects for the second tranche of engineering doctorate students due to begin their training in September.
The first five students began their training in January and will start their placements in the summer with ETI member companies.
Dr David Clarke, Chief Executive of the ETI, said: “Participating companies will benefit significantly through providing Industrial Doctorate Centre placements. Not only will it provide companies with highly-qualified and able specialist students, it will provide opportunities to network with a range of blue-chip companies, academic and research bodies. It will also provide opportunities for collaboration and coordination of research efforts across the renewable energy sector and give access to world class research facilities.”
Professor David Ingram, IDCORE’s Programme Director said: “This initiative provides an unrivalled opportunity for companies to work closely with leading research universities in the sector and to host highly qualified, motivated and enthusiastic students. Our initial intake of students have demonstrated that they are more than capable of stepping up to the academic challenge we have set them and I am certain that the companies they work for will gain maximum benefit from sponsoring them.”
The research engineers will remain placed with companies for 42 months, working on a single research project or on several linked projects. Engineering Doctorate students will have completed the initial taught component of the programme before beginning their placement. The training programme covers principals of offshore wind, wave and tidal energy systems as well as project management, economics and environmental assessment.
The students are recruited through a rigorous selection process involving the industrial project sponsors. Students come from a diverse background ranging from undergraduate engineering degrees to graduates of both UK and European masters programmes and industrial experience.
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- The Centre is funded through the ETI and through EPSRC.
- The IDC is also supported by ETI member companies. HR-Wallingford and the Scottish Association for Marine Science are also participating in the delivery of the programme.
- The Energy Technologies Institute is a UK based company formed from global industries and the UK Government. The ETI brings together projects and partnerships that create affordable, reliable, clean energy for heat, power, transport and associated infrastructure. For more information, please go to www.eti.co.uk
- The ETI’s six private sector members are BP, Caterpillar, EDF Energy, E.ON, Rolls-Royce and Shell. The ETI’s public funds are received from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills through the Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The ETI will accelerate the deployment of affordable, secure low-carbon energy systems for 2020 to 2050 by demonstrating technologies, developing knowledge, skills and supply-chains and informing the development of regulation, standards and policy.
- The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the UK’s main agency for funding research in engineering and physical sciences. EPSRC invests around £800m a year in research and postgraduate training, to help the nation handle the next generation of technological change.
- The areas covered range from information technology to structural engineering, and mathematics to materials science. This research forms the basis for future economic development in the UK and improvements for everyone’s health, lifestyle and culture. EPSRC works alongside other Research Councils with responsibility for other areas of research. The Research Councils work collectively on issues of common concern via research Councils UK.